This is a brilliant and indispensable history of the present in which Michael Ignatieff reports on the extraordinary way the war in Kosovo was fought – the dawn of. For a decade, Michael Ignatieff has provided eyewitness accounts and penetrating analyses from the world’s battle zones. In Virtual War, he offers an analysi. In Kosovo, war enlisted western citizens only in virtual ways. If future wars don’t on the resort to force? by Michael Ignatieff / April 20, / Leave a comment.

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At first, citizens were asked only to support a limited air campaign in Kosovo, designed to force a recalcitrant regime back to the negotiating table. As for rogue states, they are likely to take the advice proffered by the Indian general who remarked after the Gulf war that its chief lesson was: Thus, one lesson of the conflict is that there needs to be a renewal of both national and international institutions with the power to ratify the decision to go to war.

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Helps combat many of the cliched images we have of the Balkans, and explain how the world’s most powerful military alliance had its credibility put to the test in a long-neglected corner of Europe. Democracies may remain peace-loving only so long as the risks of war remain real to their citizens. In the Kosovo war, likewise, the Virtua regime stood little chance of actually shooting down Nato bombers and cruise missiles. Thus the British refused to take part in the bombing vlrtual the Serbian television station.

Virtual War: Kosovo and Beyond: Michael Ignatieff: : Books

This book is not about technology or the way the military fights modern war per se. He has also authored essays and reviews for several publications including The New York Times.


They were mobilised not as combatants but as spectators. Ignatieff, who once lived in Belgrade, focuses the lights of his impressive experience and intelligence on the bombing of the former Yugoslavia, intended to prevent Slobodan Milosevic from carrying out ethnic cleansing in Kosovo. Kosovo and Beyond Author s: In the wars of the future, prime ministers are likely to appeal over the heads of our elected representatives to seek directly the virtual consent of voters.

The very nature of warfare has changed: My library Help Advanced Book Search. Picador; First edition June 2, Language: To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

There is no guarantee that war directed at the nervous system of a society will be any less savage than war directed only at its troops. Military lawyers had no place in targeting decisions in the air war over Vietnam in the s. Ivnatieff they do, the military will go. Lgnatieff maintaining this support among 19 nations proved difficult. Awareness is most certainly defense, just like the adage “knowledge is power.

Virtual War: Kosovo and Beyond

Ignatieff examines the conflict through the eyes of key players-politicians, diplomats, and generals-and through the experience of the victims, the refugees and civilians who suffered. An almost religious fervour that ‘something must be done’ then fuelled the rest. Pity Ignatieff cannot have all wars be his way. Looking for further information on the Kosovo war, I came across Michael Ignatieff’s current masterpiece and found something unlike other books. The conflict occurred just as a large parenthesis in the history of warfare was closing: Something like the Yugoslav tangle may confront us again,and Ignatieff’s book will help our thinking if and when the time comes again to unleash the dogs of virtual war.


He says the laser-guided bombing was ineffective in stopping Milosevic and so it was.

In the new post-industrial, computer-based economy the military mobilises fewer resources than before. Account Options Sign in. He blames the massacres in Bosnia on “Presidential inaction” rather than on local warlords.

Virtual War: Kosovo and Beyond by Michael Ignatieff

The claim that its spirit was being respected was convincing to those who made it, but sounded like an argument from force majeure to everyone else. The pictures of the carnage had the desired effect.

Syria now gives us a fresh persp This is another example of a review of book ‘in hindsight’. The West’s bluff has ignxtieff called and massive human misery has resulted from the detabilisation of a whole region through Western interventions formal and informal.

The same executive power which authorised a Kosovo today, also authorised Vietnam and El Salvador yesterday.

Prospect may process your personal information for our legitimate business purposes, to provide you with our newsletter, subscription offers and other relevant information. Because of this development and revolutionary change, the battlefield has become obsolete. ear


Cirtual has a theory, tortures himself on that theory and then ‘commits’. The book is not a polemic in itself except in the debate with Skidelsky which can be read as of its time and place but is a reasoned position that just required better responses than Skidelsky provided. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Books by Michael Ignatieff.